SEA Currents: Apr 2015
Ahoy landlubbers and all of you wonderful people interested in SEA Semester Class C-259! Today started out slow but then started to grow! We’d spent the previous 24 hours hove to, where we set sails such that our lovely Cramer does a very slow zigzag in the ocean without really moving forward. It’s a great way to put on the brakes in order to avoid the rough weather surrounding Bermuda and the rough winds and seas that have been giving us a hard time as of late.
The saying goes, almost only really counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. I disagree. I think getting almost to something is just as valuable as getting right to that thing. Almost gives you the chance to get better, to keep learning from others and to keep learning from your mistakes. Perfection doesn’t give you this luxury - instead you’re already the expert in your own head, and further improvement doesn’t seem necessary. Obviously people strive to achieve perfection over near perfection, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
Hello to all friends, family, and anyone else that may be reading this blog!
It has been another eventful 24 hours on the Corwith Cramer. We’ve seen some squally weather and some massive swells in the past day. This boat is definitely rockin’, but I think I’ve finally got my sea legs. I took a poll of the ship and asked people to define the last 24 hours in one word. The responses I received: squally, wavy, swells, rocky, etc. A pretty accurate description. I would also add the word fun and a little silly as the swells and sleep deprivation are starting to make things pretty interesting around here.
Hello again to all the readers of the S-258 blog - In my last entry I was busy knitting more warm layers, but am happy to report that those have been stowed for shorts and bathing suits!
Today during class we wrapped up project presentations, completing the final step of the process. We also each had a question to answer during last night’s watches regarding different statistics of our trip, from the highest wave recorded (over 20 feet!) to the favorite stars to shoot for celestial fixes.
Hello to all of you who are tracking C-259’s journey or looking back at this for wonderful memories.
Today we had the chance to test our knowledge as our watch groups competed against one another to prove who knew the Cramer’s lines the best. There was an air of competition as B Team took the lead, followed by the frantic chanting of A and C teams as they guided their teammates with the commands “hot” and “cold”. The class activity concluded with a communal Congo line of celebration around the ship.
I am currently sitting on deck underneath a sky glowing with stars, something that I have now grown accustomed to out here at sea. Back home, I never saw anything more than the Big Dipper on a clear night, nothing close to any trace of a planet, the Milky Way, or even a shooting star. Out here, the sky comes to life. Even after sailing 3,300 nautical miles, night after night I find myself walking on deck in utter amazement of what lies millions of miles above us. Just like the tides, the constellations rise and fall each and every night – a routine cycle that lent wonder, theory, and guidance to every seafarer before us.
Back at sea! This afternoon, after one last jump into the warm crystal blue water, we initiated our departure from the paradise that is Raivavae. Now that we’ve had a few days of solid sleep, some well-deserved alone time on the nearby motu, and plenty of fun, we swung right back into our old routine.
Hello to all family, friends, loved ones, and anyone else who is tracking C-259’s journey through the Sargasso Sea!
The calm seas from the past couple days have turned, and we are currently experiencing our first squall complete, of course, with foul weather gear. Within the past 24 hours B-Watch, my watch, have watched the gentle 1-2 foot waves turn to 7-9 foot waves with swells up to 11 feet. These conditions have put our sail handling skills to the test as things become more high stakes, but never fear even these strong gusts don’t deter us from handling lines, counting Sargassum, and of course catching the occasional nap!
Half the ship’s company (who’d spent yesterday onboard) went snorkeling and island exploring today, while I was part of the crew who got to get off the ship yesterday. So today it was our turn to stay onboard to do some ship’s work. Let me describe my “work day,” which as an Assistant Scientist and part of the professional crew, is my actual job. Perhaps you’ll look into a position onboard!
Hello to all the extended families and friends of the Corwith Cramer crew!
What a great feeling to be sailing again! After yet another beautiful night, lit by a half moon, the breeze returned early this morning and we have had a fantastic day of sailing. We have a strong breeze on our port quarter, with the seas building gradually, and Mama Cramer and her crew are loving it. This wind is pushing us in the right direction. Late this morning we crossed the 25th parallel and are truly deep in the Sargasso Sea.